Now spring seems to be in full swing I was wondering what everybodies opinions are on hen vs incubator in raising chicks? It is my opinion I prefer the hen. I have heard a lot of horror stories on incubator chicks. I believe when chicks hatch the hen sometimes encourages them to fight and this gives a chick a chance to thrive. I wonder how many incubator chicks that don't have this make it? I believe hen hatched chicks are helathier(ie pasty butt) and happier. Some say the chicks aren't as friendly, but I think this is due to human involvement. I seen feed store chicks after awhile aren't overly friendly either. I as a chick would rather enter this world having a moma hen to snuggle with. I heard the hen can actually communicate with the egg.